An Cala Guest House

An Cala Guest House, Grantown on Spey

 Today, was the final day of our three day whisky tour. The final two nights had been spent at the above very comfortable 5 star rated  An Cala Guest in Grantown-on-Spey  where we well looked after by hosts Val and Keith assisted by two delightful shitszu dogs. An Cala is Gaelic for refuge or harbour.

Our first distillery of the day was Aberlour which ranks a medium-large whisky producer in Scotland with a particularly strong presence in the French market assisted by the fact that ownership rests with Pernod-Ricard.

We joined a small group tour of just four persons under guidance of expert guide, Julian. Unfortunately, photography is restricted at Aberlour. We were, of course, entreated to the usual tour of the mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation processes incorporating samples. The tasting at the end featured an unusual dimension in the form of specially made chocolates to complement each expression.

Image below shows some of the distillery buildings. Despite its considerable size, the distilling operation at Aberlour is operated by just a handful of employees.

Aberlour Distillery, Aberlour

Aberlour Distillery, Aberlour, Scotland

 Here is an unusual view of the four stills, 

Whisky Stills at Aberlour

Whisky Stills at Aberlour, Speyside

 In the tasting room Aberlour offer visitors the opportunity to individually bottle straight from the cask.

Cask Strength Whisky at Aberlour

Cask Strength Whisky at Aberlour, Speyside

 Here is an image from the tasting room together with the chocolates adverted to above.

Whisky Tasting at Aberlour

Whisky Tasting at Aberlour, Speyside

 After Aberlour we had a light lunch and then visited nearby Glenfarclas Distillery which remains in private ownership of the Grant family.Here, guests availed of some samples to assist with purchase decisions which featured a special edition blend of malts to celebrate 150 years of distilling at Glenfarclas.

Glenfarclas Distillery, Speyside

Glenfarclas Distillery, Speyside, Scotland

 After Glenfarclas, we had an interesting drive along windy roads and snow coverd landscape (in brilliant sunshine) to our lodgings for the night at Kildrummy in the N.E of Scotland.

Below is an image of 13th century Kildrummy Castle which was connected to the Earls of Mar.The ruin features a curtain wall, four round towers, a hall and chapel. Quite impressive in the evening sunset.

Kildrummy Castle, Kildrummy

Kildrummy Castle, Kildrummy, Scotland

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